Bentley has announced plans to show the Mulsanne-based Hybrid Concept later this month at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.
Based on the range-topping Mulsanne, Bentley's Hybrid Concept acts as a preview for the company's first ever plug-in hybrid. Such a system promises to offer a power increase of up to 25 percent while at the same time slashing CO2 emissions by 70 percent. Bentley says all future hybrid models will be able to provide an electric range of at least 50 km (31 miles) while offering the qualities you would expect in a Bentley.
The concept seen here has received a series of special touches such as copper finishes in the headlamps, brake calipers, radiator shell bezel as well as badges and profile lines. A similar look was applied on the inside with copper accents in the instruments, switch bezels and hand-crafted veneers fascias, while the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond-quilted upholstery benefits from copper cross-stitching.
The first Bentley to feature a plug-in hybrid will be the already confirmed SUV due to come out in 2016 but the more frugal version will be out a year later. By 2020, at least 90 percent of Bentley's lineup will be offered with a plug-in hybrid setup.
The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be unveiled to the public on April 20 during Beijing Motor Show's press day.